Throwback Liveries – Hits & Misses

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 23, 2017 by Oilpressure

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The Indianapolis 500 is a showcase for many things. In the last couple of decades, it has become common for many teams to go to retro-style or throwback liveries for the Indianapolis 500 or even the entire IndyCar season. Some of these have more success than others in achieving the desired effect. Sometimes, the style of current cars make it almost impossible to generate anything that even remotely resembles the original – such as trying to recreate a famous roadster paint scheme on a winged rear-engine car.

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Random Thoughts On Qualifying

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 22, 2017 by Oilpressure

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The IndyCar Grand Prix and the qualifying weekend for the Indianapolis 500 are now behind us. The grid is set and all that’s left now is the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500. There was not a lot of drama in qualifying this past weekend, other than the obvious – the horrifying crash of Sébastien Bourdais. Those who were expected to be fast, were; and those who were expected to be slow, were slow. There were no surprises either way.

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The Grid Is Set For The 2017 Indianapolis 500

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 21, 2017 by Oilpressure

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The field is now set for Sunday’s 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500. There were not a ton of surprises, but there were enough to keep things interesting. Of the cars that ran, Zach Veach was the slowest with a four-lap average of 221.081 mph. Sebastian Saavedra was barely quicker at 221.142 mph. They will make up the last row along with James Davison, who is filling in for Sébastien Saavedra and did not run today. Davison will start on the outside of Row Eleven with Veach in the middle and Saavedra on the inside.

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Qualifying Through The Eyes Of A Fan

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 21, 2017 by Oilpressure

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By Susan Phillips

When I met George, I had barely even heard of IndyCar racing. Sure I had heard of Mario Andretti, but that’s about where my knowledge of the sport ended. I still don’t know all the technical parts and the qualifying format is a bit puzzling—I can’t even compare to George’s history with IndyCar racing.

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Welcome To Pole Day At Indianapolis

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 21, 2017 by Oilpressure

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Welcome to another soggy day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Torrential rains swept through the area around 9:30 this morning. It has stopped and practice is now underway. The good news is that the forecast for this afternoon is perfect – sunny and a high of 72-degrees. With cooler temperatures, I’m guessing that speeds may be higher than yesterday. Based on the early speeds we’re seeing in practice, I’d say that’s the case. Ed Jones already has turned a lap of 233.008 mph.

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Qualifying Day One Notes

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 20, 2017 by Oilpressure

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If you watched Saturday’s qualifying for the Indianapolis 500, you know that the main story of the day was the horrifying crash involving Sébastien Bourdais. What was horrifying was his approach to the wall. His car went squirrelly and when he tried to correct by turning right – the front-end bit and he went pretty much straight into the wall. Thanks goodness for the SAFER barrier which certainly did its job. After the initial hit, the car flipped and Bourdais was a helpless passenger at that point.

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Qualifying Currently On Hold At IMS

Posted in Indianapolis 500 on May 20, 2017 by Oilpressure

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Welcome to a cold, dark and soon to be wet Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We actually arrived on the grounds around 9:00, but we made a quick run through the garage area before getting up to the Media Center where I can actually type.

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